New Orleans: An introduction to food and drink in the French Quarter!!!!

As a majority of you know, and for those now joining my blog as followers, that I love food. Pick a cuisine, and I will give you the experience of a lifetime! Pair any food item with wine or cocktails, and I will either destroy your liver, or slowly guide you to heaven. New Orleans can be characterized as a food and drink mecca. There is no such thing as one cuisine that reign’s supreme. There are dozens! From cheap bites of poutine, to the elegantly plated scallop, from flambé to drink’s to-go, welcome to New Orleans!

New Orleans is a city that is so rich in history and culture. It is a melting pot of flavors. You have your pick of southern, cajun, African, Caribbean, American, and French cuisine all in one spot. I’m sure I’ve left out a few more but you get the idea. The best thing is that you can find all this and so much more in the city’s French Quarter section. It’s known for Mardi Gras and non-stop partying but if you look beyond that, it has so much more to offer.

When we arrived in the French Quarter, we were quite hungry and ready to eat some great food. Our first stop was at the renowned Brennan’s Restaurant for a wonderful breakfast. It is located in a home that was built in 1795 on Royal Street. It is absolutely beautiful. There is a wonderful bar and restaurant on the first floor, and several smaller private dining areas on the second floor. Like many restaurants in the French Quarter, they also have an outdoor courtyard that you can dine in or simply relax with a drink.

We started out with a couple of cocktails. I ordered the Sparkling Pear, that was made with fresh pear juice, St. George Spiced Pear Liqueur and sparkling wine. Eric ordered their Brandy Milk Punch that was made with brandy, heavy cream, vanilla bean and nutmeg. Not a bad way to start our trip! Both drinks were delicious. Oh, and we had to order a pot of coffee. Not just regular coffee, but single estate-grown Congregation Coffee, roasted just for Brennan’s, French pressed, and with chicory. Having chicory in your coffee is a must in the French Quarter.

For our appetizer, we split an amazing Egg Yolk Carpaccio that included grilled shrimp, crispy sweet potato and an andouille vinaigrette. It was so good! The level of flavors was simply stunning. Mixing the egg yolk with the shrimp and sweet potato was something we had never had before.

For our entrees, we ordered the Eggs Sardou and the Eggs Cardinal. The Eggs Sardou came with crispy artichokes, parmesan creamed spinach in a chyron sauce. The Eggs Cardinal came with crispy shrimp boudin, spinach, lobster cardinal in a black truffle hollandaise. If both sound incredible, that’s because they were simply delicious. The eggs were cooked perfectly. The crispy shrimp and artichokes were lightly fried and tasted wonderful, especially with the rich egg yolk covering them.

When we were finished, our wonderful server, Michael, took us on a quick tour of the upstairs dining rooms. It was absolutely beautiful! Each room is decorated tastefully and with items of past Mardi Gras celebrations. He was very knowledgeable and it was a great history lesson!

This was truly a fantastic way to start our visit to New Orleans. The food and drinks at Brennan’s was amazing. The staff were so friendly and the building was steeped in history and tradition. You have to go to Brennan’s if you ever visit the French Quarter. We will be back!

 

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